India estimates 2019-20 kharif crop output at 140.57 million tonnes

India’s food grains production during the rainfed Kharif season (2019-20) is estimated at 140.57 million tonnes – 0.8 per cent down from the total output estimated in 2018-19 Kharif. However, it is 6.38 per cent more than average foodgrain production of previous five years’ (2013-14 to 2017-18). As per the first advance estimate released by […]

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Maharashtra cooperative millers seek to delay crushing to 1 December, 2019

Cooperative sugar millers in Maharashtra have urged state sugar commissioner Shekhar Gaikwad to postpone the crushing season of 2019-20 to December 1, 2019. Millers have put forth this demand before the Commissionerate owing to the damage caused by recent floods in Satara, Sangli, Kolhapur and drought situation in Marathwada, Ahmednagar and Solapur which has led […]

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Garlic prices in India soar ahead of winter demand due to supply crunch


Garlic prices have risen by as much as 55 per cent since June in retail markets, due to a sharp increase in stockists’ demand and reduced supply ahead of winter season, reports Business Standard. Data compiled by the government-owned National Horticulture Board (NHB) showed that garlic prices shot up at the highest rate of 55 per cent in […]

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Spices research body urges Indian government to take steps to prevent plant diseases

The Indian Institute of Spices Research (IISR) has urged the government to take adequate measures in a timely manner to prevent the spread of various diseases in spices. High incidence of plant diseases and pest attacks has been noticed in many areas in the southern Kerala state. Most crops, including paddy, coconut, pepper, rubber, nutmeg […]

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COMMENTARY – Kerala floods to hit India’s coffee, spices and rubber output hard


The devastating floods in Kerala have brought the state’s economy to a standstill, with tens of thousands of farmers clueless about their future, as rainwaters have destroyed yearlong plantations, hitting coffee, spices and rubber. “Preliminary findings show that nearly 1,82,000 farmers are directly affected, and nearly 28,150 hectares of farm land are submerged in flood […]

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Drought, flood risks to arise in Asia from uneven monsoon during this summer; West Pacific may yield strong typhoons


An uneven southwestern and eastern Asia monsoon may lead to areas of drought and recurring flooding during the summer of 2018, weather forecaster AccuWeather said. The weather pattern that brought areas of isolated flooding rain, frequent dust storms and damaging winds from the Middle East to northern India will break down over the rest of […]

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Disasters causing billions in agricultural losses around the world; drought leads the way – FAO

Natural disasters are costing farmers in the developing world billions of dollars each year, with drought emerging as the most destructive in a crowded field of threats that also includes floods, forest fires, storms, plant pests, animal diseases outbreaks, chemical spills and toxic algal blooms. According to a new report from the Food and Agriculture Organization of […]

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